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Dr. Randall J. Webb, President 
Northwestern State University 


Dear Alumni: 

Each day, something happens on campus that makes me proud of our 
students (and future alumni). 

I was never more proud of our students than when they voted to assess 
themselves to fund a renovation and expansion project at the Intramural 
Building, formerly the Men's Gymnasium, which will be known as the 
Wellness Recreation and Activity Center. 

This $6.9 million project should be complete by 2002. Once the work is 
done, the new facility will change the face of Northwestern 's Natchitoches 
campus by providing our students with a modern wellness center contain- 
ing a number of amenities. 

We hope over the next few years to receive funding to renovate and 
modernize several other buildings including Morrison Hall and the Fam- 
ily and Consumer Sciences Building. 

Over the past two years, our students have shown they value academ- 
ics as well as what takes place outside the classroom. Their willingness to 
play an active role in improving Northwestern strengthens the Univer- 
sity and adds value to the education you and I received here. 

Thank you for your support of Northwestern this year. Brenda and I 
wish each of you a happy holiday season. 

Dr. Steve Horton, Director 
Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 

First, for all of you who have so generously supported 
the Annual Fund Drive, I personally thank you. The 
Fund Drive is completed in two phases — a mailing and a phone-a-thon. For 
those who contributed by mail, we thank you for your prompt response. For 
those of you who responded to our phone-a-thon requests, we are grateful. I 
thank members of Blue Key, Purple Jackets and Panhellenic for working 
nearly 45 hours on phone lines asking our alumni for their support. They, 
like you, are proud of their university, and also enjoyed speaking with you. 
Thank you for your continued support in our campaign. 

Homecoming was also a tremendous success, mainly because of you, 
our alumni, who came out for the events. All of the weekend's events had 
overflow crowds, especially the banquet and tailgating parties. I thank 
alumni David Stamey ('82), Clark Averett ('89), and Demon supporter Dr 
Angelo Morreale for coordinating the tailgating events for the entire sea- 
son. These guys are the reason the parties have been so successful; and 
you are the reason we continue to schedule them. 

In the next months we will continue to schedule alumni events for you. 
We will begin to schedule our alumni chapter parties around the region, 
and we will also begin to look at chartering new ones. Should you have 
suggestions or comments that would make our events more attractive, 
please contact me. 

You loyalty to the Alumni Association has been overwhelming, and I 
thank you. 

Best wishes for a great holiday season! 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XI Number 4 Winter 1998 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 

4 times a year by Northwestern State University, 

Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71497-0002 Periodicals 

Postage Paid at Natchitoches, LA, and at 
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address changes to the Alumni Columns 

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President Tommy Chester 

Arcadia, 1969 

Vice President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, 1987 

Secretary-Treasurer Steve Horton 

Natchitoches, 1988 

Executive Director Steve Horton 

Natchitoches, 1988 


Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Carroll Long Tyler, TX 1970 

Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972 

David Morgan Austin, TX 1973 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Adrian Howard Arlington, TX 1989 

Leah Sherman Dallas, 1986 

John Ramsey. New Orleans, 1986 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. Natchitoches, 1984 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 

Leonard Endris.... Shreveport, 1974,1975 
Raymond Arthur Natchitoches, 1964 


Luke Dowden Negreet, LA 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 
spring, summer, fall and winter 



Dr Steve Horton 

David West 

Leigh Flynn 

Courtney LaCour 


Gary Hardamon 


Doug Ireland 

Griffin's Studio of Monroe 

Guillet Photography of Natchitoches 

Neil Johnson Photography of Shreveport 




Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title 
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimi- 
nation in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, 
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Executive Or- 
der 11246, Sections 503 and Section 504 of the Rehabilita- 
tion Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veter- 
ans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. 

I he Tudor-style house 
located on College 
Avenue at the immediate right 
of Northwestern's main gates 
has come full circle during its 
71 year history. 

The home has changed 
several times, but one thing 
has remained the same — the 
entertaining that has occurred 
within those walls. ■ 

From dinner parties hosted by 
former presidents' wives to alumni 
events, the house has been the site 
of many social events. | : | 

But the former President's 
Cottage, which has been home 
to Northwestern's offices of 
Alumni Affairs and Institu- 
tional Advancement for the 
past 14 years, has not always 
been a showcase for North- 
western State University. 

At one time, a green IShgus grew on the 
walls, and mildew grew in cabinets overnight. 

In 1984, the living room, which had in 
the past been filled with beautiful fumi-|^ 
ture, was furnished with only two couches. 

But during the past 14 years, furniture 
has been purchased or reupholstered and 
new wallpaper or paint covers the walls, 
giving the home a new look. 

"It is a tribute to what it should be," said 
NSU's Director of Alumni Affairs Dr. Steve f» 
Horton. "This house is the second oldest 
building on this campus, and we wanted to 
make it look as good as possible." 


During Homecoming '98, several Northwestern 
faculty and staff, both retired and current, and former 
students reminisced about the home. 

"We had a gorgeous magnolia tree right outside this 
window," said Juanita Kilpatrick ('49), who lived in 
the home from September 1966 through May 1970 
with her husband, Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick ('44) and 
their two children. 

"I loved that tree," Mrs. Kilpatrick said. "I would go 
out there every day and get a flower when they were 
in bloom." 

^ Being in the home again brought back a number of 
memories for the Kilpatricks, who were NSU's presi- 
dential family from 1966 through 1978 and were the 
last presidential family to live in the house. 

"We had four wonderful years in this house," Mrs. 
Kilpatrick said, "and they've done a wonderful job 
I redoing it." 

The "redoing" to which she referred involved the 
reupholstering of the living room chairs and sofas and 
several other small projects downstairs. 

Furnishings which include a grandfather clock, the 
home's original dining table and chairs and several 
other pieces now fill the home. 

Some of the furnishings for the home have been 
transferred from other campus buildings through the 
years, a move Mrs. Kilpatrick said caused a stir when 
she did it. 

She had the grand piano in the home swapped with 
the one which was virtually unused in the lobby of 
Varnado Hall. 

"We used the piano all the time, and that one was 
in better shape," the music major said. "So one 
Thanksgiving, I had them switch the pianos. I caught 
a lot of flack for that." 

Several other Northwestern presidents lived in the 
house prior to the Kilpatricks, including Albert A. 
Fredericks, H. Lee Prather and John S. Kyser. 

Former President Dr Victor L. Roy planned for the 
home, a new women's dormitory and a new education 
building (Warren Easton Hall) in his 1926-28 building 

In 1927, the home was built for approximately 
$25,000. The downstairs was used primarily for 
entertaining, with the family's living quarters being 

"We did quite a bit of entertaining in this house," 
Mrs. Kilpatrick said. "We had lots of good times here." 

To this day, the downstairs is a gathering place for 
alumni and other organizations' functions. 

But many people who visit the home today are 
unaware of the things that have remained virtually 

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un( hanged throughout the 
hoi le's history, including the 
maj ny trees planted by Thelma, whose family lived in the 
hoijhe from the mid-1950s 
thiLigh the 1960s. 

I^e house has undergone only 
mi iior physical changes since it 
wab built) including the expan- 
sion of Jtheiatchen and the 
enclosure ofiKj^«mall j^ack porch. 

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About the cover: The charm of the old 
President's Cottage is reflected in this 
photograph of the Alumni Center living 
room. The cottage was home to 
Northwestern presidents from the 
1920's through the 1960's and currently 
serves as home to the offices of Alumni 
Affairs and the NSU Foundation. 

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else who has 

When the Office of Alumni 
Development took it over in 1985, 
former director Elise James ('68) 
said there was virtually no 
furniture in the living room. 

She called several Northwest- 
ern alumni and told them what 
was needed, and James said she 
spent almost $8,000 on new 

James said when she visited 
the house during Homecoming, 
she almost could not believe how 
good it looked. A committee of 
former presidents' wives. First 
Lady Brenda Webb, and alumnus 
Jim Bob Key ('54) oversaw the 
most recent renovation project. 

"It is a beautiful old home," 
James said. "I'm just glad we've 
been fortunate enough to get it 
back into such fine condition." 

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house notice i i liusty smelj 
rising from t ijf ^ aler pooled 
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problems. Dr. 


ad many 

Patrick jumpjed 
at the chance tcfbuild a new 
president's h(om^ in 1970. With * 
funds dedicated to the constrUt 
tion of presidents' Ijiomes on stfeb 
liniversity campuses, the 
president's home on Chaplin's 
Lake was built. , 

Kilpatrick was criticized for 
spending the^^^wie^-on the new 
home, but ^he revenues from oil 
anjd"^s deposits on the NichoUs 
State Uiiiv^sity campus were^^-^ 
plAced>M^ restricted fund fof' the 
so e purpoWl^f buildii^g presi- 
de its' homes. 

^'If we didn't use it, we-\yere 
go ng to be left out," Kilpatrick>said. 

So when the new house was 
CO] nplete, the keys to the former 
Pr isident's Cottage were turned over 
to the home economics department. 

The house then became a 
le; irning environment, where 
he jme economics majors spent a 

semester living and learning 
arts of home management. 

From preparing meals and 
entertaining to cleaning hou^e and 
Jiving within a budget, the stu- , 
dents were exposed to many "re: 
life" situations, said Dr. Virgi 
Grossno ( ^A|B^o became head of 
the'Separtment in the late 1970s. 
-v[n the mid-70s, it was dete 
mine^tijat the house was too[. 
expensive to operate 24-hours a f ' 
day, so the students no longer; livefl 
in the residence. 

Until 1984, however, they 
continued to maintain the house 
during the dajrtime. 

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The five appointees to the board of directors of the 
NSU Aliunni Association have one common goal in 
mind — to continue the fine tradition of excellence at North- 
western by serving the university to their ftdlest potential. 

Even though every board member is active in their 
own community, they all have eagerly accepted their new 
positions and are full of ideas for the Association. The 
appointees were approved Oct. 30 at the Alumni Asso- 
ciation board meeting during Homecoming Week, accord- 
ing to Director of Alumni Affairs Dr. Steve Horton. 

For newly-appointed member Leonard Endris, 
Northwestern has literally become a family affair. Endris, 
himself, graduated from Northwestern in 1974 with a 
bachelor of science in wildlife management and received 
a master of science in zoology in 1975. 

He said his two sons, Matthew and Paul, are fourth- 
generation Demons who have grown up on the 50-yard 
line of Turpin Stadium. Matthew graduated from North- 
western in 1997 and Paul just began his freshman year. 
In fact, Endris said Paul will hopefully graduate in 2002, 
which will be 101 years after his maternal great-grand- 
mother graduated from Louisiana State Normal School 
in 1901. 

Endris, who works as a district conservationist with 
the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, has 
been a member of the Alumni and Athletic associations 
since about 1980. He was the founder of the now defunct 
Purple & White Open Golf Tournament, which was the 
predecessor of the Joe Delaney Memorial Golf Tourna- 

"I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to 
serve as a member of such an august body," Endris said. 

Board member Joe Cunningham Jr. has played an 
integral part in the Natchitoches area. Cunningham, who 
graduated from Northwestern in 1984 with a bachelor 
of science in business, works as an investment repre- 
sentative with SunAmerica Securities. He is a represen- 
tative of Pinnacle Asset Management Group, which is a 
registered investment advisor. He also serves as an agent 
with the Cunningham Agency, an insurance and finan- 
cial services firm. 

Cunningham has served on the Northwestern Ath- 
letic Association board of directors. Red River Area Spe- 
cial Olympics and was past president of the Natchitoches 
Area Jaycees. He is also the president-elect of the Ro- 
tary Club. He sees his appointment to the board as yet 
another way he can serve the university as well as 
Natchitoches residents. 

"I'm happy to be a part of the board," Cunningham 
said. "It's a good opportunity to keep in touch with people 
I haven't seen in years. Northwestern is the biggest part 
of the Natchitoches community." 

Leah Sherman of Dallas is anxious to begin her work 
as a board member. In fact, she has already started to 
think about ways to help the Alumni Association grow 
stronger Sherman, who earned her business degree from 

Northwestern in 1986, said one of her 
primary goals is to revitalize the 
Dallas/ Fort Worth Alumni Chapter. 
She also helped plan the first-ever 
All-Greek Reunion that was held 
Sept. 18 and 19 and would like to see 
it grow bigger and better with every 

For the past year, Sherman has 
worked as a product and marketing 
manager for the CFData Corp. 
Sherman deals with returned check 
outsourcing, which includes process- 
ing, management and collections. She 
has worked exclusively with large 
retailers such as J.C. Penney Co. Inc. 
and Southland. 

"I think it's really great," Sherman 
said of her appointment to the board. 
"I was tickled, surprised and excited 
all at once when I was asked to serve 
on the board of directors." 

Board member James C. 
"Jimmy" Williams has dedicated 
most of his life to serving the people 
of Winn Parish. 

Williams, who lives in Winnfield, 
graduated from Northwestern in 
1993 with a degree in business ad- 
ministration. He is the vice president 
of Winn Pl3rwood Inc. and is serving 
his second term on the Winnfield City 

"I obviously felt honored, espe- 
cially having graduated so recently," 
Williams said of his appointment. 

But the youngest member on the 
board has already come up with some 
ideas of how Northwestern 's alumni 
can become more active, taking a 
more hands-on approach to both 
Northwestern and the student body. 

Instead of alumni being silent con- 
tributors, Williams said it would be 
more beneficial for more alumni 
"come back to classes and talk to stu- 
dents," giving them a real-life look at 
what happens after graduation. 

John Ramsey of New Orleans 
sees his appointment to the board as 
an opportunity to encourage other 
alumni to take a more active role 
with all aspects of the university. 

"I believe that just as 'all politics 
are local,' NSU must energize local 
groups and alumni chapters to be 

Leonard Endris 

Joe Cunningham Jr. 

John Ramsey 

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successful in the long term," he commented. "There is 
no reason why we in New Orleans, for example, can't 
assist the university with fundraising, campaigns, etc., 
particularly in my local area." 

Ramsey graduated from Northwestern in 1986 with 
a bachelor of arts in journalism with an emphasis in 
public relations. He went on to Tulane University and 
received a master of business administration in 1994. He 
is now the proprietor of La Maison Marigny, a historic 
bed and breakfast on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. 

As for the board of directors, Ramsey said each ap- 
pointee will contribute unique skills and ideas to the 

Alumni Association. Ramsey, himself, would like to as- 
sist the Association in the area of technology, which 
begins with learning what on-line features would be 
helpful to alumni. He solely developed the web site for 
the Alumni Association and continues to manage it as 
part of his contribution to the Association. 

He believes that all alumni should find a way to 
help Northwestern continue its tradition of educating 
students. Even a small financial commitment would 
ensure that students have the tools and resources they 
need, he said.*** 

Ajct^^rLtry oesi^ex* i:*ef ei:*ej:xdiixn. pa^sses 

Students on NSU's Natchitoches campus overwhelm- 
ingly passed a referendum to fund a new wellness 
and recreation center on campus. 

The university will seek approval from the Univer- 
sity of Louisiana System Board of Trustees and the State 
Board of Regents to obtain a line of credit for the project, 
according to Loran Lindsey, director of the physical plant 
at NSU An architect will then be hired to begin design 
and development of the project. 

The referendum calls for major renovation of the ex- 
isting intramural facility, which was built in 1939. The 
proposition calls for the existing building to be expanded 
from 39,000 square feet to 80,000 completed square feet. 
An additional 20,000 square feet would be constructed 
but would not be completed vmtil a later date, making 
the new building a total of 100,000 square feet. 

The proposed new name for the facility is The Demon 
Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center. The new fa- 
cility would include a second regulation-sized basket- 
ball court, four racquetball courts in the existing weight 
room, a new weight room, an aerobics area, an indoor 
track and a wellness center. The new facility would en- 
velop the existing IM building, incorporating some of 
the structure into its design. 

The projected cost for renovation of the building is 
$6.9 million. Costs will be paid with a student-assessed 
fee of $75 for students carrying five or more credit hours 
during the fall and spring semesters effective with the 
spring 1999 semester. Summer students who are carry- 
ing seven or more hours will also be required to pay the 
fee. Completion is expected no later than 2002. • * * 


dio is on 
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Northwestern State 's campus radio station, KNWD- 
FM, has expanded its broadcast range to cover the 
entire world. The student-operated station has made 
its programming available on the Internet. 

The station went on-line earlier this semester at Those wishing to listen to 
the broadcast will need to download free RealPlayer 
software from 

KNWD has a 250 watt over-the-air signal that covers 
the city of Natchitoches. 

"Broadcasting on the Internet will be a great market- 
ing tool for KNWD and Northwestern," station manager 
Casey Shannon said, a senior hospitality management and 
tourism major from Durham, N.C., who is in his second 
year of running the station. "We will increase the number 
of listeners and awareness of the station." 

KNWD is on the air from 9 a.m. until 6 a.m. when 
classes are in session. The station has a modern rock/ 
alternative format during the day and specialty pro- 
grams featuring formats including jazz, urban and clas- 
sic rock in the evening. A morning show from 6 a.m. 

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until 9 a.m. features music, talk, news and 

"Already we've gotten a good deal of feed- 
back in the few days we've been on the 
Internet," Shannon said. "Students and fac- 
ulty have told us what they liked and have 
also given us constructive criticism that will 
help us." 

Currently, only one other college radio sta- 
tion in Louisiana is broadcasting over the 
Internet. A number of stations have web sites, 
but have not set up the technology to make 
their signals available. 

"Not many colleges are doing this. We are 
among the college stations who are pioneer- 
ing this," Shannon said . "This will be a pow- 
erful marketing tool for the station, the De- 
partment of Journalism and Northwestern 
because people can hear what they do." 

Shannon believes the Internet presence 
has increased student interest in KNWD. 

"We're getting better DJ's. The people who 
are volunteering to do shows are more seri- 
ous. Maybe they realize their parents could 
be listening," he said. 

According to Shannon, the Internet pres- 
ence is also helpful in dealing with record 
companies and promoters. 

"We don't pay for the music we program. 
We depend on record companies and promot- 
ers. Now they can hear us and know we are 
a serious operation," said Shannon. 

Several promoters have set up links to the 
KNWD site. Shannon said. 

He also thanked Dr. Anthony Scheffler, 
assistant dean of graduate studies and re- 
search and acting director of the computer 
center, along with Roy Davis and Phillip 
Gillis of the Office of Academic Computing 
for their assistance in launching the web 
broadcast." •• 

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J ana Lucky, director of the Office of 
Admissions and Recruiting is asking 
Northwestern's alumni to inform her office 
of students who are a "top priority" for re- 

Lucky, a 1992 Northwestern graduate, 
said she knows the important role alumni 
play in the recruiting process. 

"The recruiting staff is on the road bring- 
ing top quality students of whom you would 
be proud," she said. "Northwestern has so 
many wonderful things of which to be proud. 
At the top of the list are our dedicated 
alumni. You are our finest recruiters." 

If you know of a students you would like 
for Northwestern to consider as a top prior- 
ity student, contact Lucky at (800)426-3754 
(in state) or (800)327-1903 (out of state) or 
via e-mail at 

px'O^vride solxol£i.i:*slr±ps fox* 
sociology S'txideix'ts 

. ^ZS ociology students at Northwestern State Univer- 

^\ w^S sity will benefit from one of the largest private 
r ^ gifts ever made to the institution. 
QIJ The NSU Foundation has received a gift of $245,069 

Ofrom the estate of Marion T "Red" Loftin, a 1935 graduate 
of Loxoisiana State Normal College, now Northwestern. The 
pn^ gift will be used to set up an endowment to provide schol- 

Oarships for undergraduate students in sociology. 
"Gifts from alimini to support scholarships for students 
*Pl permit some students to attend college who might not 
^ otherwise have the resources. Additionally, they enable 

Othe University to attract academically gifted students who 
become functioning members of a community of schol- 
wgk ars," Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb said. 
Ufl "Dr. Loftin's gift to Northwestern is all the more gratify- 
ing for a number of reasons. First, the amount given is 
substantial and ranks among the largest gifts ever made 
to the University. Also, Dr Loftin was an eminent scholar who also 
served with distinction as a university administrator We are most 
grateful that this gentleman who served so honorably in several ca- 
pacities chose to honor Northwestern with his generosity." 

Loftin died in July 1997. After earning his bachelor's degree at 
Louisiana State Normal College, he went on to earn a master's de- 
gree at Louisiana State University and a doctorate at Vanderbilt 

He joined the faculty of Mississippi State University in 1949 as 
an assistant professor. Loftin was named vice president of graduate 
studies and research in 1979, serving in that position until his re- 
tirement in 1985. He was a Thomas L. Bailey Professor of Sociology 
and Rural Life, head of the sociology department and dean of the 
graduate school. 

"Professor Loftin was physically a giant of a man, but more than 
that he was a giant in his ability to teach in the true spirit of 
academia," Northwestern Professor of Sociology Dr. Roland Pippin 
said. There was no false modesty or staging of authenticity. He spoke 
his mind and, as we are witness, put his proverbial money where his 
mouth was," Pippin said. "His legacy will endure because of his gen- 
erosity. His dedication to his discipline is secure through his aca- 
demic progeny. And, now we are the privileged ones at Northwest- 
ern to continue his legacy. 

"I am more than hopeful that the students who are recipients of 
his legacy and generosity will continue in the grand fashion that he 
established. Sociologists across the nation will smile collectively and 
knowingly when they hear this good news." 

Loftin's gift is the second largest private donation to Northwest- 
ern. The largest bequest to NSU was by Mrs. Joanna Magale and 
the Magale Foundation to establish the Magale Endowed Professor- 
ship and scholarships for students in creative and performing arts. 

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'9Sam Jordan completes summer 
fellowship at ©xford n£niversitp 

(^T^'^he literature of Dickens, Word=worth and other 

v_y major British writers of the 19th century came 
to Hfe in a new way last summer for Pam Jordan. The 
1994 graduate of Northwestern earned a summer fel- 
lowship at Oxford University. 

Jordan, the former Pam Long, planned to start 
graduate school earlier this year. She was one of 30 
educators who applied for the fellowship. At Oxford, 
she studied the writing of authors and poets includ- 
ing William Thackeray, Charlotte Bronte, Samuel 
Coleridge, William Blake and Mary Wolstencraft. 

"It was an wonderful experience to learn from pro- 
fessors who had written books on the people we were 
studying," Jordan said. "The classroom setting was dif- 
ferent. The emphasis was not on lectures as it is in 
America. The emphasis was on tutorial meetings done 

"The faculty also met the classes in small groups," 
she said. "They would throw out questions, and we 
would have to respond. The professors never told us 
what to think." 

Jordan has been an English teacher at AirUne High 
School in Bossier City for four years. She also teaches in 
the honors program. The learning experience at Oxford 
has caused her to modify her method of teaching. 

"I enjoy the benefits of the teaching methods they 
use," Jordan said. "I have learned to direct my stu- 
dentsand let them make thejx-ajvn decisions." 


Job Location and Development 
Office opens on campus 

Anew resource is now available to business orga- 
nizations. Effective immediately, the Department 
of Counseling and Career Services will be operating the 
NSU Job Location and Development Office. This free ser- 
vice seeks to meet part-time and temporary personnel 
needs of organizations by matching their vacancies with 
qualified, prescreened students. 

A staff person will assist employers with defining the 
responsibilities, qualifications, and requirements of the 
requested personnel. NSU's database of students will 
be searched to identify those who match the requested 
specifications. Then the resiunes of those candidates will 
be forwarded to the requesting organization for approval 
and selection. 

In addition. Northwestern still refers candidates for 
full-time positions. Contact the NSU Job Location and 
Development office for all of your company's employ- 
ment needs. To take advantage of this free resource, con- 
tact the office of Job Location and Development at (318) 
357-5621. ••• 

Hat diplay reflects N&U Tradition 

Northwestern students enrolled in Bette 
Howell-Maroney's Merchandising 3200 class 
are applying what they have learned in the class- 
room to parts of the university. 

Approximately 16 students enrolled in Howell- 
Maroney's visual merchandising class created a 
unique hat display that was showcased during 
Homecoming week in the Alumni Center. 

The display, entitled "Hats off to Homecoming," 
provided students with an opportunity to put their 
newly-acquired skills into action as well as offer 
people a unique look at Northwestern's history. 

The display was recently moved to the Cammie 
G. Henry Research Center in Watson Library, 
where it will remain through December. By mov- 
ing the display, a wider variety of hats will be 
shown to the public and possibly some clothing 
and accessories. 

Howell-Maroney, assistant professor of family 
and consumer sciences, said her class tried to find 
hats that dated back to 1884, the year the univer- 
sity was created. Even though no one could find 
hats dating back to the 19th century, Howell- 
Maroney said there were some from the 1920s. Ap- 
proximately 35 hats were on display at the Alumni 
Center, which included both men's and women's 
hats that ranged in color and style. 

The display also gave a unique look at Home- 
coming traditions. One thing the display helps ex- 
plain is why Homecoming Courts, in particular 
those from the South, still wear hats. 

"Hats have always signified a 
place or position of royalty, elegance, 
leadership or however you want to 
look at it," Howell-Maroney said. "At 
the Homecoming game, if nothing 
else, the hats identify the members 
of the Homecoming Court." • • • 

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and collectibles will be featured at the 
fifth annual Main Street Market An- 
tique Show and Sale, set for April 17-18 
in Prather Coliseum at Northwestern. 

Admission for the two-day show is $2. 
The show will be open from 10 a.m. un- 
til 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17 and from 
10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18. 

Items to be included in the sale are 
antique jewelry, furniture and acces- 
sories such as lamps and clocks. 
Trunks and fans, silver, crystal, art 
glass and cut glass are also very 
popular. Matching china as well as 
discontinued pieces are also avail- 
able. Silver flatware. Tiffany and 
Moser pieces along with various pot- 
tery collections will be shown. Crys- 
tal repair will also be done on site. 

Food and drinks will also be available. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit 
the preservation efforts of the Main 
Street Project and the Northwestern 
State University Athletic Association. 

For more information, call the NSU 
Athletic Association at (318) 357-4299 
or Myrna Dunn, Main Street manager, 
at (318) 357-3837. 

)/>/ conference set for spring- 

Kate Chopin's The Awakening and other literary 
works will be the center of discussion at the fifth 
Kate Chopin Conference April 8-10 at Northwestern. 

The conference will allow people to hear well-known 
Chopin scholars such as Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, a 
nationally recognized expert on women's history and 
Emily Toth, who has achieved international recognition 
as a Chopin scholar for 28 years. 

Mary Linn Wernet, university archivist and head of 
the Cammie G. Henry Research Center, is the chairper- 
son for this year's conference and has worked with 
Chopin conferences since their inception in 1989. 

Representatives from Louisiana Public Broadcast- 
ing will be at the conference to present a 20-minute docu- 
mentary entitled, "Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening," and 
discuss its formation, usefulness and future impact. 

Attendees will also tour the Cane River region in- 
cluding Chopin's home in Cloutierville and historic 
Natchitoches, which is the oldest permanent European 
settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. 

For more information on the conference, call Mary 
Linn Wernet at (318) 357-4585 or fax her at (318) 357- 
4470 or e-mail her at Conference 
updates will also be posted on Northwestern's web site 
at • • • 

Gordon Boogaerts 

J.L. McConathy 

Ginger Craig 

Bobby Hebert headlines six 
new Graduate ^N' Club Hall 
of Fame inductees 

Longtime pro football quarter-back Bobby Hebert, who 
still holds several Northwestern records, was among six 
athletic greats who were inducted into the university's 
Graduate 'N' Club Hall of Fame during the occasion of 
Northwestern's 113th homecoming . 

Hebert is joined in the induction class by two other Demon 
football standouts, linebacker Gordon Boogaerts and nose 
tackle Kenny Trahant, along with softball great Ginger Craig, 
basketball star J.L. "Leslie" McConathy and basketball coach 
Huey Cranford. Cranford was inducted posthumously. 

They were elected by vote of the 'N' Club, comprised 
of former athletic letterwinners at Northwestern. The 
class was introduced prior to the kickoff of the home- 
coming game. 

Induction in the 'N' Club Hall of Fame is the highest honor 
offered by Northwestern to its former student-athletes and 
coaches. Retired coach Johnnie Emmons is secretary-trea- 
surer of the 'N' Club. 

Bobby Hebert 

Kennv Trahant 

Huey Cranford 

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Plans are being made for the NSU Athletic Associa- 
tion Scholarship Auction, set for August 1999. Kurt 
Gulbrand, assistant athletic director for development and 
executive director of the NSU Athletic Association, said 
more details would be available in the spring issue of the 
Alumni Columns or by calling him at (318) 357-5251.* • • 

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Four charter members were inducted into the Northwest- 
em College of Business Hall of Distinction during Home- 
coming Activities. The business alumni were chosen based upon 
their outstanding career achievements. Shown (from left) are 
inductees Gail Winfree ('69 ) of Shreveport, a division vice presi- 
dent with American Express Financial Services; Enron Corpo- 
ration Vice President Wanda Curry ( 76 ) of Houston; Melba Steeg 
('44 ) of New Orleans, president of Investment and Developing 
Company; Dr Carroll D. Aby Jr, dean of the College of Business 
and State Sen. Mike Smith ('70), a Winnfield businessman and 

Nearly 30 Northwestern graduates and friends 
gathered in Dallas/Fort Worth to watch the 
televised McNeese/Northwestem football game on 
Oct. 15. The event, which was held at the San Fran- 
cisco Rose, was a preview to future events planned 
by the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter 

Northwestern's President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb presented Dr 
E. Loneta Graves ('55) with the 
President's Distinguished Service 
Award for her 33 years of service 
to the university. She was the first 
woman in higher education in Loui- 
siana to serve as auditor, comptrol- 
ler, Equal Employment Opportu- 
nity officer, director of personnel 
and vice president for financial and 
administrative affairs. She was 
also the first woman to serve on the 
State Board of Regents' Higher 
Education Master Plan Advisory 
Group and facility inspection team. 
She also helped establish the 
women's athletic program at 
Northwestern, providing the first 
women's athletic scholarships. 

Five distinguished Northwestern aliunni 
were inducted into NSU's Alumni Hall 
of Distinction — The Long Purple Line dur- 
ing Homecoming '98 activities. The new in- 
ductees included (as pictured) Robert F. 
Kelley ('58), Dr Mildred Hart Bailey ('50,'60) 
(who was honored posthumously and was rep- 
resented by Sharon Gahagan ('75) , Lucile 
Hendrick ('30), Jesse Boucher ('35) and Eu- 
gene Christmas ('55). 

Since its inception in 1990, 38 individu- 
als have been inducted into the Long Purple 

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The Gulf States Conference cham 
pionship basketball team of 
1948-49 had their hearts set on win- 
ning, not only for themselves but for 
the university that brought them to- 
gether as a team — Northwestern 
State College (University). 

Members of that championship 
squad, which shares the best record 
in Northwestern's basketball history 
(23-5 overall) with the 1959-60 team, 
will be honored during a special rec- 
ognition ceremony on Feb. 6, 1999, 
prior to an NSU men's basketball 

Though they've been out of college 
for nearly 50 years, the members of 
the team have kept in touch with one 
another and have always kept North- 
western in their thoughts. 

With that in mind, John McConathy, 
one team member, said the idea of 
giving something back to the insti- 
tution was discussed. So to com- 
memorate the 50th anniversary of 
their championship season, the team 
is establishing an endowment for the 
men's basketball program. 

"We want this to be a positive thing 
for the University," McConathy said. 
"We don't want to do this for recogni- 
tion, we just want to do something to 
give back to Northwestern." 

"It was the strongest team we ever 
had," said De Witt 'Pee Wee' Patten, a 
team member from Bossier City. "We 
want to honor our team and honor 
Coach (H. Lee) Prather." 

The inclusion of Prather's name in 
the endowment is one sign of the 
dedication the team felt toward their 
coach, said Northwestern's Athletic 
Director Greg Burke. 

"It is most appropriate that the 
team was sure to include Coach 
Prather's name in the endowment 
and is a credit to the unselfishness 
of the team, which I'm sure was one 
of the reasons they were so success- 
ful," Burke said. 

Early this year, Burke and Patten 
met to discuss the establishment of 
the endowment. The goal for this year 
is to establish at least a $10,000 

endowment and continue to build that amount 
in future years, Burke said. 

After the team won the conference title, they went on to the NAIA 
tournament, beating Brigham Young in the quarterfinals. They lost to Regis 
52-51 in the semifinals, who went on to win the national championship by 
one point in its next game. The Demons ended up ranked fifth in the na- 

"Northwestern had good teams, winning teams," he said. "It was a great 
era for Northwestern." 

"What the 1948-49 basketball squad accomplished 50 years ago still stands 
as one of most outstanding team achievements in the history of NSU ath- 
letics," Burke said. 

Several members of the 1948-49 team have been recognized for their indi- 
vidual athletic achievements. 

J.L. "Leslie" McConathy joined Prather and five other members of the 
squad when he was inducted into Northwestern's Graduate 'N' Club Hall 
of Fame during Homecoming '98. McConathy's brother, John, has also been 
inducted into the 'N' Club. Linwood Outz was inducted into the Hall of 
Fame in 1995, the same year he died. Other team members who have been 
included in the 'N' Club are Jodie Stoutamire, Bernard Waggoner and Jim 
Willis. Prather, who coached for 38 years before becoming president of 
Northwestern, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. 

Patten said the young men played as a team, with one objective. "It didn't 
matter who scored during the games, as long as we won. We had our hearts 
set on winning for ourselves, but we had our hearts set to win for North- 

He said the team grew from boys to men under the leadership of Prather. 

"At the start of each year. Coach Prather would say we were down here to 
get an education first. Then, he'd say we represent Northwestern, today, 
tomorrow and when we leave from school. We were told to be gentlemen, a 
role model. You'd be surprised how each one of us did great after college 
because of him." 

McConathy and Patten agreed that it was not only the 12 men on the 
team who won the games but the many people who attended those games 
in the old gymnasium, now the intramural building on campus. 

"When they packed the place, cheering you on, it brought you to another 
level," Patten said. 

Burke said endowments are crucial to the successful future of the athletic 
programs at Northwestern. 

"This endowment, as is the case with any fund of its type, is critical to 
the future of the NSU athletic program. We must establish a stronger 
financial foundation to ensure that scholarships and operating costs for 
deserving student athletes can be sustained through the years. The Uni- 
versity is most grateful to the 1948-49 team for this thoughtful and 
generous gesture." • • • 

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Northwestern Alumnus Clinton Marks is using his 
love of singing to entertain others while at the 
same time, experience a joy he never knew possible. 
Marks, who graduated from Northwestern in 1965, 
has spent the past few years singing in "Vocal Major- 
ity," an award-winning (barber shop) chorus based in 

Since 1995, Marks has been a dedicated member of the chorus, attending 
weekly practices to perfect the singing and choreography required for each 
performance. Members of a barber shop chorus, unlike other musical groups, 
sing acappella. Marks said all musical arrangements in this type of chorus 
are built around the lead voice. 

Whenever Marks speaks of "Vocal Majority," his voice fills with pride — 
and for good reason. The 26-year-old chorus has the longest winning streak 
of any chorus in the barber shop society. "Vocal Majority," which has ap- 
proximately 200 members, has won several awards including eight gold 
medals in an international championship competition. After a group wins 
the championship, they are ineligible to compete for the next two years. 

Marks, himself, has received several awards for his dedication to the group. 
He received "Barber shopper of the Month" in November 1996 and received 
the prestigious "Jim Clancy Award" in 1997 for his outstanding contribu- 
tions to the chorus. Marks' wife of 31 years, Juanell Savage Marks, said this 
award is a great honor because Jim Clancy is the director of the chorus. The 
award is given each year to the one member who has done the most for the 

"I was so proud," Mrs. Marks said of her husband's award. "I get a lump 
in my throat every time I think about it." 

Not only has Marks been able to pursue his singing talent, but he has 
also had the chance to perform throughout the country. He said there are 
even tentative plans for the chorus to travel abroad which could possibly 
include Australia, New Zealand or Russia. 

Besides singing, Marks is also a member of the group's board of directors 
and is the costume coordinator. This means he is responsible for outfitting 
all chorus members from their custom-designed tuxedos to bow ties and 

Marks credits his years at Northwestern for his success with "Vocal Ma- 
jority." During his four years at the university, he was an active member of 
ROTC and the Black Knights Drill Team. These two organizations required 
a great deal of hard work and dedication, which Marks has used throughout 

"They definitely have a common thread," he said of his college activities 
and "Vocal Majority." "They both give a sense of team work." 

"I love it," Marks said of his involvement with the chorus. "Now that I'm 
used to it, I don't think I could live without it. It grows into you and becomes 
a part of you." 

Word of the group's talent has literally spread all across the world. Since 
its inception, "Vocal Majority" has made several television appearances and 
has performed for three presidents. Marks said members of the chorus don't 
live just in Texas. One member commutes every week from Lake Charles, 
while another member commutes every other week fi'om Minneapolis. Marks 
said there was even a man who commuted from London for nine months, 
just to be a part of this spectacular group. 

"We look at it as a fraternity," Marks said. "We have a common thread — 

Marks, who lives in Piano, Texas, said he never imagined how much joy 
he would get from his participation with this chorus. His wife jokingly said 
that "Vocal Majority" was his first true love. 

"I hope I'm standing on the risers until I die," he said. • • • 

'24 Constance Coker Evans is retired 
and lives in Saline. She has four children. 

'37 James Austin married Geraldine 
Lyons Austin ('37). James retired after 40 
years as a principal and coach. He and his 
wife live in Lake Charles and have recently 
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. 
They have two children. 

'38 Willie Westbrook lives in 
Metairie. He retired as president of 
Westbrook Associates, Inc. He and his wife 
have been married for 60 years. They have 
three sons. 

'39 Mary Williams Fisher lives in 
Natchitoches. She is a volunteer music 
teacher at the Child Development Center at 

'41 Virtie O'Bier Miller taught first 
grade for the Webster Parish School Board 
in Minden for 32 years. She lives in 
Longview, Texas, and has two children. 

'45 Pauline Holland Orcutt is a 
homemaker and lives in Dallas. She is 
married and has two children. 

'47 Xenia Ruffin Kramer was 
employed by U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston 
and is now retired. She and her husband 
live in Shreveport. They have two children. 

'49 Adrien Lorrain is retired and 
lives in Covington. He and his wife have 
three children and six grandchildren. 

'51 Nell Richardson Doland attended 
her yearly reunion in Hume, Va., this past 
summer. She was joined by her classmates 
Ann Freeze and Jody Brantley. 

'52 E. Sue Tucker Kimball is a staff 
land analyst for Union Pacific Resources. 
She lives in Fort Worth and has two 

'52 Jerri Hicks Dunn married Albert 
Dunn (attended '47-'48). They live in 
Leesville and have one child. 

'55 William Stanberry retired from 
Boy Scouts of America as a scout executive. 
He is married and lives in Heflin. They 
have three sons and nine grandchildren. 

'56 Mary Canterbury Cook is a 
retired school teacher. She married H. 
Gerald Cook ('55) who has retired from U.S. 
Steel in Baytown, Texas. They live in 
Brenham and have three sons and seven 

'58 Carol Abat Edwards married 
John Edwards ('75). Carol has retired from 
the Agency of Florida Health Care Adminis- 
tration as an RN specialist. They live in 
Tampa, Fla., and have two children. 

'59 Lester Jolley is a retired airline 
pilot. He and his wife live in Decatur, 
Texas. They have three sons. One son, 
John Jolley, is a 1991 graduate of North- 

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When David Hardin was young, he did what was 
natural in his family. Like his parents and 
brothers, he developed a life-long love affair with music. Hardin has been 
quick to share that love with others was honored by Northwestern State 
University as its 1998 Alumni Music Educator of the Year 

"Dave Hardin was one of the first music educators/businessmen to wel- 
come me to Northwestern and to help open doors into the band rooms in 
this area of the state," said Bill Brent, head of the Department of Cre- 
ative and Performing Arts and director of bands at NSU. "He went out of 
his way to promote the program and was very helpful with ensuring the 
success of our recruiting program. Further, as a music store owner, he 
made frequent trips to Natchitoches to help repair equipment and bring 
much needed supplies. 

"He is highly respected in this area of the United States as a music 
educator and professional musician. He is in constant demand as a per- 
former, and I personally think it speaks well for NSU to have such a 
successful alum." 

After earning his degree at Northwestern in 1961, Hardin was direc- 
tor of bands at schools in Springhill, Haynesville and Shreveport. In 1981, 
he became co-owner and eventually owner of Williams Music Company 
in Shreveport. Hardin sold the company and retired in September and is 
available to assist the new owner 

He couldn't imagine any job that didn't involve music. 

"My family has a history of being involved in music," said Hardin. "My 
parents played, and I was involved from the word go. It was before televi- 
sion and we always played. My three brothers majored in music, and I 
fell in line with the rest." 

As an educator, Hardin believed his duties stretched beyond giving his 
students knowledge of the subject he specialized in. 

"The goal for any good teacher is to give students the background to 
deal with what they will face when they get out. It didn't matter what 
area it was, math, drama or music. One area complemented the other." 
he said. "I tried to teach the basic fundamentals of hard work. I made the 
statement to every band I taught that it was easy to be average or medio- 
cre. I wanted to do things that would make a difference and help them to 
be leaders." 

After teaching for 20 years, Hardin decided to work in the field of music 
in a different way with Williams Music. For 17 years, he worked with 
high school and college band directors, supplying equipment and other 
band needs. 

Hardin performs regularly with his own quartet and other musicians 
in the Shreveport. The quartet recently presented a recital at the first 
NSU Trumpet Extravaganza. 

"Performing is like a therapy session for me," said Hardin. "It's an emo- 
tional release. I love to perform and will do so as long as I can." ••• 

'62 Martha Lee Burton married 
Frank Burton ('63). Martha is head of the 
department of nursing at Louisiana 
Vocational College. Frank is president of 
Burton Marble Manufacturing, LLC. They 
live in Shreveport and have two children. 

'63 Gene Koury received his master's 
degree from Northwestern in 1970. He is 
the owner of Gene Koury Auto Sales and 
Koury Financial Services in Leesville. He 
is married and has two children, one of 
which is a Northwestern graduate. 

'64 Joyce Daw Carter is a counselor/ 
coordinator for Del Valle Independent 
School District. She and her husband live 
in Elgin, Texas. They have one child. 

'64 Sandra Shahan Nix married 
John Nix ('64). They both received their 
master's degrees at Northwestern in 1968. 
They have three children and four 
grandchildren. Sandra retired after 27 
years of teaching and John retired after 26 
years of teaching. They live in Benton and 
are now the owners of The Lazer's Edge in 
Bossier City. 

'65 Carrie Dykes Crenshaw is a 
retired teacher She is married and lives in 
Greenwood, S.C. They have two children. 

'65 Wilmer Crain married Frankie 
Adams Crain ('66). They live in Fort 
Myers, Fla. 

'66 Brentley Farquhar is married 
and has one child. He is supervisor/ 
management analyst with Federal Civil 
Service at Fort Polk. They live in 

'69 Dan Denson is a professor at 
McNeese State University in Lake Charles. 
He married Sharon Livingston Denson 
('70). They have two children. 

'69 Margaret LeJeune Kibodeaux is 
a fourth grade teacher at Junipero Serra 
School in Carmel, Calif She is married 
and lives in Monterey. 

'70 Claudia Moore Triche married 
Ramon Triche ('72 and '76). Claudia is an 
associate professor of social work, program 
coordinator, at Northwestern. They live in 
Natchitoches and have three children. 

'70 Jane Holland Smith received her 
master's degree from Northwestern in 
1974. She is superintendent of the Bossier 
Parish School Board and lives in Bossier 
City. She is married and has one child. 

'70 Robin Worthington Quinby is 
self-employed as a legal nurse consultant 
in Miami, Fla. She is married and has two 

'72 Billy Talton married Carolyn 
Flanagan Talton ('73). Billy is department 
chairman of health & physical education at 
Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. They 
live in Dubach and have two children. 

'72 Gary DeBlieux is senior vice 
president at City Bank & Trust Company 
in Natchitoches. 

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72 Michael Douget married Emily 
Thompson Dougetl 72). Michael is 
manager of marketing and sales for The 
Nordam Group. They live in Tulsa, Okla., 
and they have two boys. 

74 Benjamin Carter received his 
M.Ed, from Northwestern in 1978. He is 
president of the Chamber of Commerce in 
Erie, Pa. He married Gwyn Salter Carter 
(73). They have two children. 

75 Gladys Lard Page lives in 
Shreveport. She retired from AT&T as 
occupational health nurse. She is married 
and has three children. 

75 James (Jim) Anderson is a 
captain with American Airlines, Dallas/Fort 
Worth. He lives in Midlothian, Texas. He is 
married and has two children. 

76 Roy Stapp, Jr. is employed with 
Stapp Consulting Service. He lives in 
Winnsboro and has one child. 

77 H. Bruce Lazarus teaches for the 
Winn Parish School Board. He is married 
and has three children. They live in 

77 Kim Gaspard was recently named 
principal of Parkway High School in 
Bossier City. 

77 Valerie Andrews is a self- 
employed writer/editor. She lives in New 

78 Navy Cmdr. Charles Grau 
received his master's degree from North- 
western in 1979. He recently departed to 
participate in a multinational exercise in 
the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea aboard 
the hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort, home 
ported in Baltimore, Md. 

78 Pamela Wester Jones received her 
master's degree from Northwestern in 1986. 
She is a teacher with the Chattanooga 
Public Schools. She and her husband live 
in Ringgold, Ga. They have a new baby girl. 

'79 Cynthia Braxton Briggs is an 
executive assistant at Kisatchie Legal 
Services in Natchitoches. She is married, 
lives in Clarence and has two children. 

'79 Harvey Johnson is dean of 
students and head football coach at St. 
Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond. 
He and his wife live in Chalmette. They 
have three children. 

'79 James Perry, Jr. married Nancy 
Burden Perry ('82). James is an assistant 
corporate controller/assistant corporate 
secretary at Henley Healthcare in Sugar 
Land, Texas. They live in Houston and have 
two children.- 

'79 Thomas Brassell is vice president/ 
district sales manager at Compass Bank. 
He is married and lives in Fort Walton 
Beach, Fla. They have two children. 

'80 Lt. Col. Walter Walker, Jr. is 
stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the U.S. 
Army 4th Infantry Division and serves as 
comptroller He is married and lives in 
Harker Heights. They have two children. 

'81 Maxine Williams Morales is a 
nurse practitioner. She is married, has one 
child, and lives in Humble, Texas. 

'83 Connie Johnson Scruggs is an 
English teacher with the Winn Parish School 
Board. She is married and lives in Winnfield. 
They are expecting their first child. 

'83 David Dunn lives in Leesville. 
He is self-employed. 

'83 Sallye Gipson Stevenson is 
married and has two children. They live in 
Carrollton, Texas. She is regional data 
center director for LabCorp in Dallas. 

'84 Dannie Murphy Azlin is a 
teacher at Fairview Alpha Elementary. 
She is married and has two children. They 
live in Coushatta. 

'84 Henry Ingram is a mechanical 
engineer-performance approval consultant 
for Shell Chemical in Norco. He and his 
wife and three children live in Luling. 

'85 Christopher Ingram is a 
cardiologist at Ingram Medical Clinic in 
Natchitoches. He and his wife have three 

'85 Jeffrey Thompson is married and 
lives in Lafayette Hill, Pa. He is a funeral 
director/marketing representative for York 

'87 Stacy Brown Russell is a 
paralegal for the law firm of McCoy- 
Weaver in Fayettville, N.C. She is married 
and lives at Pope Air Force Base. 

'89 Kelley Kyle received her master's 
degree from Northwestern in 1992. She is 
a business analyst/trainer for Waste 
Management Inc. in Irving. 

'89 Michael Kay is production 
manager for First Plus Financial. He lives 
in Dallas, Texas, and has one child. 

'90 Melinda Johnson lives in 
Alexandria. She is an anchor/reporter for 

'91 Kelley Graham Wallace is a sixth 
grade language arts teacher at Cross 
Roads Middle School in Irmo, S.C. She is 
married and lives in West Columbia. 

'91 Paula Ducote Thompson married 
Kerry Thompson ('91). Paula is a fifth 
grade teacher for the Caldwell Parish 
School Board. They live in Columbia and 
have two children. 

'93 Carlene Allen Transier is a first 
grade teacher at Colfax Elementary. She is 
married and has two children. They live in 
Dry Prong. 

'93 Donald (Donnie) Diodene, Jr. lives 
in Norco. He is a television production 
teacher and assistant boys' basketball coach 
at Destrehan High School. 

'93 Emily Populis is a fourth grade 
teacher at Breaux Bridge Elementary. She 
lives in Lafayette and has one child. 

'93 John Strong married Patti 
Blanchard Strong ('91). John is a RN in the 
surgical intensive care unit at LSU Medical 
Center, and Patti is a RN in the operating 
room at LSU Medical Center. They live in 

'93 Leonard Williams lives in New 
Orleans. He has been appointed job location 
and development coordinator in the office of 
Career Placement and Cooperative Educa- 
tion at the University of New Orleans. 

'94 Brent Baker married Angela Kyle 
Baker. He is a landscape architect for TBG 
Partners. They live in Austin. 

'94 Jennifer Lawrence lives in Dallas. 
She is a training coordinator for The 

'94 Marie Gipe Siebert is married and 
lives in Dallas. She is an occupational 
therapist for the Lewisville Independent 
School District. 

'94 Melissa Louviere Domingue is a 
sales representative for BellSouth Mobility 
in Lafayette. She is married and lives in 

'94 Michele Tomas Sefcik is a first 
grade teacher at Pineville Elementary. She 
is married and lives in Pineville. 

'94 Sarah Kiely received her master's 
degree from Northwestern in 1997. She is a 
psychological specialist for Florida Depart- 
ment of Corrections. She lives in Lake City. 

'94 Shannon Bolin Ebarb married B. 
Chad Ebarb (attended '91-'93). Shannon is a 
teacher/coach with the Mt. Vernon Indepen- 
dent School District. They live in 
Winnsboro, Texas, and have one child. 

'95 H. Blair Dickens is a credit analyst 
for Regions Bank. He lives in Little Rock, 

'95 Mari Fain Jabbia is a case 
manager with child welfare. State of 
Louisiana Office of Community Service, in 
Livingston. She is married and has two 
children. They live in Denham Springs. 

'95 Michelle Haley is a special 
education teacher with the Spring Indepen- 
dent School District. She lives in Houston. 

'96 Eric Thompson is an industrial 
engineer at Hitachi Computer Products 
(America), Inc. He lives in Norman, Okla. 

'96 1st Lt. Joseph Barnett married 
Courtney Schexnayder Barnett ('97). Joseph 
is an executive officer stationed at Fort 
Jackson, Columbia, S.C, and Courtney is a 
substitute teacher at Fort Jackson. 

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'96 Kristen Hood lives in Greensboro, 
N.C. She is an RN in the neonatal 
intensive care unit at Women's Hospital of 

'96 Mary Guin Jones Brunson is a 
teacher at Colfax Elementary. She is 
married and lives in Dry Prong. She has 
two children. 

'96 Victoria Stringer lives in Baton 
Rouge. She is an executive assistant for 
The Shaw Group, Inc. 

'97 2nd Lt. Charles Thomas married 
Shannon Brown Thomas ('98). They live in 
Leesville. Charles is an army intelligence 
officer in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort 

'97 Christopher Howell is married 
and has one child. He teaches for the 
Caddo Parish School Board in Shreveport. 

'97 Dorothy Coker Davis is a C.T 
and diagnostic radiology technologist at 
Franklin Medical Center and East Carroll 
Parish Hospital in Winnsboro/Lake 
Providence. She lives in Grayson and has 
three children. 

'97 Jessica Collins lives in 
Covington. She is a social service 
specialist at the Department of Social 
Services, Office of Community Services 
(Child Protection Agency). 

'97 Margot Schneider Kelsaw 
married Sean Kelsaw ('98). She is 
attending graduate school at the Univer- 
sity of St. Francis. They live in Fort 
Wayne, Ind., and have four children. 

'97 Misty Waller Simpkins is a 
probation and parole officer for the 
Department of Public Safety & Corrections 
in Harvey. She is married and has one 
child. They live in Covington. 

'97 Rouchelle Gage is a veterinary 
technician at LSU School of Veterinary 
Medicine. She lives in Baton Rouge. 

'97 Stephanie Burge Russell is a RN 
at Halifax Medical Center. She is married 
and lives in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

'97 Tammie Ross is a third grade 
teacher at Hale Elementary. She lives in 
Arlington, Texas. 

In Memory 

'39 Frances Sue Cromwell, 
Logansport, September 13, 1998. 

'48 Sara Louise Pullig, Ball, July 25, 

'53 Dorothy Lynn Mills, Springhill, 
July 28, 1998. 

Helen Elizabeth Hines Baucum, 
Longview, Texas, July 21, 1998. 

Hilda Perini Heim, Natchitoches, 
August 31, 1998. 

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Class of 1948 becomes member of 50-Plus Club 

The office of Alumni Affairs at Northwestern State University hosted its 
annual 50-Plus Club Reunion on Saturday, Nov. 14 for those Northwestern 
alumni who graduated from the university at least 50 years ago. Some 70 
alumni attended the reunion, according to Dr. Steve Horton, director of alumni 
affairs. Among those were graduates from as early as 1924. During the event, 
the group welcomed the 1948 graduates into the 50-Plus Club. Three of those 
1948 alumni were in attendance at the reunion. 

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